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Grads@Rochester: News for University of Rochester Graduate Students (June 28, 2015)
president's letter, innovation imperative, child development research, new programs, antipoverty program, health insurance action required, data incubator


President Issues End of Year Letter

In a letter to the University family, President and CEO Joel Seligman highlights milestone achievements by faculty, students, and staff over the past fiscal year, as well as notable progress on significant initiatives: "No one should ever have any delusions that progress for any institution in our country today is easy or assured. But I am proud to report an almost palpable sense of momentum at the University." Read the full letter.

University Joins Call to Action for American 'Innovation Imperative'

The University has joined American business, industry, higher education, science, and engineering organizations in a call to action for stronger federal policies and investment to drive domestic research and development. Ten CEOs and 252 organizations, including the University, signed “Innovation: An American Imperative,” a document aimed at federal decision makers and legislators. It underscores the findings—and warnings—contained in the American Academy of Arts & Sciences report, "Restoring the Foundation: The Vital Role of Research in Preserving the American Dream."

Child Development at Risk in Low-Income Households

According to research conducted by the Mount Hope Family Center at the University, children living in low-income households who endure family instability and emotionally distant caregivers are at risk of having impaired cognitive abilities. “What we were interested in seeing is whether specific risk factors of children living in poverty might be related to children’s cortisol levels,” says lead author Jennifer Suor, a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology. “Then we looked to see if the hormone levels are predictive of significant differences in the children’s ability to think.” See news coverage from UPI, Fox News, Psych Central, Channel News Asia, and WXXI.

Program to Fuel Pipeline of Nurse Educators

A new master of science in nursing education program, approved last week by the New York State Education Department, supports a direct career path for registered nurses who want to become educators and prepare for positions in nursing schools, professional development, or patient and family education. Read more...

New Certificate Program Offered in Biomedical Data Science

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute and Department of Public Health Sciences announce that a new certificate of advanced study in biomedical data science has received approval from the New York State Education Department. Enrollment is open and classes begin Monday, June 29. Read more...

Warner Faculty Take Roles in Anti-Poverty Program

Two faculty members at the Warner School have been appointed roles in the new Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative, an effort to address poverty in the local community: Shaun Nelms '04W (MS) '13W (EdD), East High School deputy superintendent and an adjunct professor at Warner, and Kara Finnigan, associate professor in educational policy. Read more...

It's Time to Complete the Online Insurance Process

Every year, all full-time students must complete the Online Insurance Process to enroll in or waive health insurance. You can enroll in the University-sponsored Aetna Student Health insurance plan or you can waive the plan with your own University-approved health insurance. To be approved, your plan must meet the University insurance criteria. UHS recommends completing the online process in the summer. The final deadline for completing the online process is Sept. 15. Read more…

Data Incubator Fellowships Available

The Data Incubator is an intensive seven-week fellowship that that prepares masters, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for fellows and supported by sponsorships from dozens of employers across multiple industries. Fellows have the option to participate in the program either in person in New York City, Washington D.C., San Francisco, or online; there is a common application for all locations. Anyone within one year of graduating from a master's or PhD program or who has already obtained a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome.  The early application deadline is June 29 and the regular deadline is July 6.

New Dining Website Launched

Menus, nutrition information, hours of operation, location information, helpful links, and more are offered at the new Dining site. The mobile-friendly site is designed to be easier to navigate, to tie into social media, and to allow easier access to dining information.

UR Tech Store Shares Summer Travel Tech Guide

The UR Tech Store has created a Summer Travel Guide to help you find the perfect tech for every vacation or staycation this summer. Check it out for ideas and financing options available exclusively to the University community. Staff at the store’s locations in Rush Rhees Library or the Medical Center (G-7220B) can help with any questions or special orders.

Upcoming Events


Dissertation Defenses Set

The following PhD thesis defenses and public lectures are scheduled in the coming weeks:
• Adam Pallus, neurobiology and anatomy, "Head Movement Control during Visual Pursuit," 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, K-307 Auditorium (3-6408), Medical Center. Advisor: Ed Freedman
• Xiaochen Guo, electrical engineering, "Energy-Efficient Architectures Based on STT-MRAM," 3 p.m., Wednesday, July 1, Computer Studies Building Room 426
Advisor: Engin Ipek
• Yuhong Yao, optics, "Ytterbium Fiber Laser Driven, Multi-wavelength Femtosecond Optical System Operating in the Ultraviolet, Visible, Near-Infrared and Mid Infrared," 1 p.m., Thursday, July 2, Goergen Hall Room 101. Advisor: Wayne Knox
• Lingxiang Xiang, computer science, "Compiler Assisted Speculation for Multithreaded Systems," 2 p.m., Monday, July 6, Computer Studies Building Room 703. Advisor: Michael Scott
• Jenna Frame, pathology, "Emergence and Regulation of Hemogenic Endothelium in the Mammalian Yolk Sac," 9 a.m., Tuesday, July 7, Auditorium K-307 (3-6408), Medical Center. Advisor: James Palis
• Choonsung Park, economics, "Essays on Aggregate Labor Supply," Tuesday, July 7.
Advisor: Mark Bils

Service to Remember Victims of Charleston Shooting

The Interfaith Chapel at the Medical Center (1-6215) will host a Service of Remembrance and Healing at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, July 2, for those who were killed in a Charleston, South Carolina, church shooting last week. All are welcome.

Fifth Annual Shred Fest Is July 17

University Facilities and Services is holding its fifth annual Shred Fest from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, July 17,  in Park Lot. Bring any unwanted personal documents and old files that need to be securely shredded and recycled. Read more...

Workshop: Networking for People Who Hate Networking

Join alumni and fellow students on Monday, July 20, to learn how to move past the awkwardness of networking and advance your career with Abby Kohut ’88, job search expert and founder of The interactive workshop will deconstruct the art of networking and teach you how to identify the best opportunities in your profession for connection, differentiate yourself from others, and effectively communicate your goals. Admission to the workshop is $5. A dessert and networking reception will follow. Advance registration is required.

Warner to Host Summer Camp for Young Writers

The Genesee Valley Writing Project at the Warner School will host its annual summer camp for aspiring and budding young writers in grades 6 to 12 from Aug. 3 to 7. Students must apply by Wednesday, July 15. Read more...

Rochester In The News


The Optical Illusion That Makes It So Hard to Hit a Curveball

CBS Sports (June 24)
Rochester researchers demonstrate a phenomenon known as the "curveball illusion," which basically tricks hitters into thinking a curveball is dropping quicker than it is. Read more about the research.
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